| Izah Azahari |
MORE than a thousand people showed their strong support yesterday during the Majlis Kesejahteraan Mukim’s (MKM) fund-raising event during its Malam Sejambak Kasih for the benefit of the needy under its care at the Indera Samudra Grand Hall, The Empire Hotel & Country Club.
The guest of honour during the event was Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, the Minister of Indusrty and Primary Resources, who acknowledged the work done by MKM in helping alleviate the plight of the vulnerable families in the country.
At the event, the guest of honour also commended the efforts of MKM’s welfare activities for the society, especially for those in need as well as those who are less fortunate, adding that this would set an example for other voluntary establishments, associations and non-government organisations.
“What we do must be in the context of it being done by a voluntary agency listed by the National Registrar of Society, especially for the need to prepare a balance sheet that is neat and audited,” added the guest of honour.
This is to ensure that donors and the public will be more confident and will trust the activities and financial resources of the agencies that will increase the donations of the public and residents of the country.
“We in MKM were somehow surprised that in just two weeks, all the tickets were sold out. This only shows the good hearts of the Bruneians in helping the less privileged in our community and this inspires us to do more in our charity work,” said Datin Paduka Hajah Intan binti Haji Mohd Kassim, the President of MKM in her welcoming speech, adding that the main objective of the event is the fundraising that is meant to increase MKM’s funds in implementing such activities.
“As an agency that implements activities continuously and not seasonally, MKM requires a lot of donations. That is why MKM will always be dynamic in finding ways to add funds,” the president said.
An MKM video clip was shown during the event to create public awareness of the current activities of the council, which was then followed by the announcement of the Goodwill Ambassador of MKM, Datin Hjh Norlina binti Dato Haji Abu Bakar, who will take the role for a two-year tenure to help create awareness on the noble work of MKM both on the charity and social work areas as well as to assist in finding funding donors for the council’s vulnerable clients.
Also during the event was a re-launch of its Flavours and Colours Cookbook that won the Best in the World Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the Charity Fundraising Category in Asia 2012, which is now being sold for $35. All the proceeds from the cookbook sale will go to the needy.